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Reading I: Numbers 6:22-27
Responsorial Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Reading II: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:16-21

Lord, let us cry out in joy
(Introductory Prayers)

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Luke 2:16-21

And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Behold the glory of the Lord,
uprooted, homeless; 
poor shepherds, 
a manger, 
a star.

all these things,
tried to make some 
sense of their meaning,
mulled them over in her heart,
preserving, remembering, treasuring.

There were no final answers, though.
She searched for and found signs
 of the Spirit’s movements.
 And that was
 for her.

Oh God, make it enough
for us.


Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

God says to us,

“I will bless you & keep you!
I will look upon you kindly and let the
 splendor of my face shine upon you.
And grant you peace and grace and wholeness!”

We invoke your name, O God.
Look on all of us kindly.
Please bless us,

Galatians 4:4-7

God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts.

The same Spirit 
sent to Mary
was also
 sent to 

It lives in our hearts and
lets us cry out,

our Father,

 we are your children.”
Anne Osdieck         
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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